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New article: “The Philanthropic Ogre.” Rafael Rivero’s article “El Ogro Filantrópico” was published in the Venezuelan magazine Exceso in March 1994. It is one of the most revealing articles to be published in the Venezuelan media about José Antonio Abreu, El Sistema’s founder. Read on here… 

See also: Fake news? El Sistema and the IDB launch their study

And IDB study sheds doubt on El Sistema’s claims of social inclusion and transformation


Since January 2015, new material relating to El Sistema has been published only on my

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Please follow these links and click on “Blog” for the latest posts. All older posts are also available at Tocar y Pensar, now in Spanish as well as English.

My WordPress site will continue to serve as an archive of all my other research projects, past and present, as well as of old Sistema posts.

My films on children learning music in Cuba and Venezuela are available for free streaming here.